Before Application


Tools You Will Need

Wire Cutter

You will need a pair of wire cutters strong enough to cut 0.4mm diameter stainless steel wires (piano wire).
We offer two models for purchase that come with a handy tool to remove NailLift clips.


As NailLift’s braces are much harder than average stainless steel wires, it can be difficult to find smaller wire cutters with sharp blade tips strong enough to safely and effectively trim them. After much research, we determined the two models below can safely trim the braces and have made special arrangements with their manufacturers so that we can provide them to our customers. Each wire cutter also comes with a handy tool to remove NailLift clips. They are also a great, long-lasting addition to any home tool box.

Mini Wire Cutters Lite (NP2) Pro Mini Wire Cutters (NP3)
  • Length: 11.5 cm (4.5 inch)
  • Cutting Capacity: Soft iron wire up to 1 mm in diameter (30-18 AWG)
  • Average Durability: About 10 cuts* (sometimes using both hands) *Results may vary.
  • Price: ¥800 (tax not included)
  • Made in: China
  • Length: 12.5 cm (4.9 inch)
  • Cutting Capacity: Soft iron wire up to 1.6 mm in diameter (30-16 AWG)
  • Average Durability: About 100 cuts* (with light pressure) *Results may vary.
  • Price: ¥2400 (tax not included)
  • Made in: Japan

Note: These wire cutters are made for use with soft wire such as soft iron wire.



Prepare Your Nail

Length


Trim or file your nail until the white tip that extends beyond the nail bed is straight with square corners and at least 2.5 mm (1/10”) long.


Nail Thickness

If your nail is too thick for the NailLift clips


Use the nail file included in every NailLift kit to file down the nail. We recommend you first mark the area you will file with a permanent marker. This helps to keep track of what you have filed. The black side of the nail file is 60 grit. It is very coarse and will quickly file away the nail surface. The white side of the file is 120 grit and can be used to smooth the edges and buff the filed nail.


Click here for more information on how to use the included nail file on thick nails.


If your nail is too thin for the clips to properly grip


Sometimes, the nail tip can be too thin for the NailLift clips to get a proper grip.
In this case, attach NailLift as usual and apply a gel pedicure on top.
In this case, hook the clips in place as usual and then apply a layer of gel pedicure over them. You can also use super glue (cyanoacrylate).